2018 saw positive steps towards resolving some of the world’s most difficult border conflicts, between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and Ethiopia and Eritrea. What lessons can be drawn from these examples?
Sarah Chayes, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says politicians from both sides of the aisle are not taking seriously enough their duty to ensure they're not turning their government role into an opportunity to make a buck.
When ISIS accounts were kicked off of Facebook and Twitter, the terrorist group turned to Russian social network VKontakte to keep up its propaganda and fundraising. A new report from a Russian news site exposed the extent of the militants' use of Russian sites and that seems to have started a crackdown by authorities.
Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system has been citied with keeping casualty counts in Israel relatively low in the latest violence. But is it prolonging the crisis overall? That story and more in today's Global Scan.
For our GEO QUIZ today we're looking for the STANS; seven countries that end with the suffix ?stan.? Anchor Jeb Sharp tells us about an EIGHTH ?stan? that can't be found on a map. It's an idealized world created by Lebanese businessman Michel Eleftriades.
Authorities say there are many foreigners fighting alongside the Taliban in Pakistan. Some of them are from the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from the head of the BBC's Uzbek Service, Sirojiddin Tolibov.
Fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek people in southern Kyrgyzstan has left more than 180 people dead. Marco Werman talks with Peter Zeihan of the global intelligence company Stratfor about the historical background of the two former Soviet republics.
A new documentary The Desert of Forbidden Art directed by Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope, tells the story of an art museum in Uzbekistan filled with supressed art from the former Soviet Union. An American curator, Jane Sharp, remembers her first visit.
Myanmar is going through some rapid transitions. In just the last year, the country's military dictators have freed Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and allowed elections to be held. Now the country is opening up to foreign business as well.